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Basketball

Special Olympics athletes Nick Van Denburgh of Minnesota and Michael Reed of New Jersey tip off at the 2013 Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the NBA All Star Weekend. Photo by Will Schermerhorn

Basketball is a favorite Special Olympics sport. This basketball sport center draws together sport news and stories, upcoming events and links to the Special Olympics Basketball Coaching Guide.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics basketball.  View the Basketball Fact Sheet

Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It's also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative, when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It's a learning experience that's also a lot of fun. 


News and Stories


mars 18, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Unified on the Court in North Carolina

By Rebecca Ralston

Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game.View Story Energy was high and the competition was fierce as students from the University of North Carolina, along with Special Olympics athletes from Orange County, took on the Duke Blue Devils and local Durham County athletes in the first Special Olympics Unified Sports basketball game. Despite a tight game and aggressive play, the home team pulled away with the victory – the game’s final score was Duke – 42, UNC – 37. Nearly 400 students and community members came out to support the teams and shared in the energy, passion and determination of Unified Sports.

About Rebecca Ralston:I work for Special Olympics Project UNIFY with a focus in Youth Leadership.
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mars 18, 2014 | North America: New York

The Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz

By Zach Morales

On Sunday, March 10th, we went to the Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz. It was a very exciting and great game.View Story On Sunday, March 10th, we went to the Unified Basketball Tournament at New Paltz, NY. The athletes were Felix, Rafael, Zach, Brenda, Linda, Molly, Kathy, Abigail, Hunter, Mike and Jacob. We had our own room downstairs to leave our belongings there during the basketball tournament. We went upstairs to the gymnasium. We sat on the bleachers, and we watched the teams competing against each other, trying to score the points by getting the basketball through a high net. At 12:00, we played against the teams, trying to score the points by trying to get the ball through a high net. We played several games for six minutes. Afterwards, we received bronze medals because we came in third place. Then, we took our belongings from downstairs, and we went to the school bus. We went to McDonald's to eat something. It was a very exciting and great game on that day. My favorite part about the basketball was playing against the teams and trying to score the points.

About Zach Morales:I am a 10th grader and I go to Sleepy Hollow High School, the home of the Headless Horsemen. I participate on our Special Olympics Pioneer League team. This was our first Unified Basketball tournament.
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mars 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Inclusion is working for TSV Hagen Unified

By Daniel Stanev

picture taken from www.tsv1860basketmen.de

Special education teacher Heinz-Werner Schmunz first heard of Special Olympics when he accompanied some of his students to Special Olympics Germany´s National Winter Games 2001, and it did not take long for Special Olympics to win his heart.View Story Special education teacher Heinz-Werner Schmunz first heard of Special Olympics when he accompanied some of his students to Special Olympics Germany´s National Winter Games 2001, and it did not take long for Special Olympics to win his heart. Back home in Hagen, North Rine-Westphalia, the former Basketball professional player (1971 – 1981 for SSV Hagen) launched a basketball program at his school. Teams from Gustav-Heinemann-Schule have so far competed on several regional tournaments and National Games and represented SO Germany at SO World Summer Games 2007 in Shanghai. Recruiting Unified Partners from Basketball club BBV Hagen and athletes from Gustav-Heinemann-Schule, Heinz-Werner started a Unified Basketball Team in 2008. Since 2009 this team, TSV Hagen Unified, participates in the city´s regular Basketball league operation, competing with teams of players without intellectual disabilities on a weekly basis. Heinz-Werner and his team proved to all of us: Inclusion is working!

About Daniel Stanev:I have been working for Special Olympics Germany since April 2011. My personal highlight since working for SO Germany was being part of the German delegation during Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011.
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Upcoming Basketball Events


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novembre 23, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinics - Pennsylvania

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host two Girls Basketball Clinics for 2 camps of girls ages 7 – 12 and 13 – 18 years of age that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from Episcopal Academy and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Episcopal Academy
Newton Square, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

mars 13 - 15 2015

Illinois State Basketball Tournament

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is hosted at Horton Fieldhouse – ISU and the Shirk Center- IWU. Approximately 1,540 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! The State Basketball Tournament is supported, in part, by a grant from the Shirk Family Foundation. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington, Illinois
UNITED STATES

mars 21 - 22 2015

2015 Basketball Tournament

Join us 21-22 March 2015 in Frederick, Maryland as over 400 athletes and 70 Unified partners from around the state compete in two days of basketball tournament action. Events will include 5 v. 5 traditional competition and well as 5 v. 5 Unified competition. For schedule and location details please refer to link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave

Frederick, Maryland
UNITED STATES

juil. 24 - févr. 8 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Basketball Competitions

Jeux canadiens d'été 2014

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, was the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world compete in Los Angeles.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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